Salmon & Quinoa Salad with Lime Mint Dressing (gluten free)

I love a protein packed salad for lunch at this time of year. Especially one that is easy to prepare, or can be prepped in advance for you to take to work. 

This one uses a tin of pink salmon and some cooked quinoa for your midday protein hit. If you’re not in a habit of eating protein at lunch, give it a try and see how much it keeps your afternoon hunger and the 3pm slump at bay. 

Add some avocado and veggies for all round goodness and throw on a slurp of your favourite dressing, store-bought or homemade, whatever works for you. 

The quantity below made enough for my lunch for 2 days. I just added some more avocado and the dressing on the second day. 

Keeping tins of tuna or salmon in the pantry and cooking a few cups of quinoa at the beginning of the week, will mean you have your main ingredients ready to go each day. We all know that the secret to eating a good lunch or dinner is in a little advance thought and preparation. 

I am looking forward to making a huge bowl of the this the next time a friend pops in and perches at the bench for a quick lunch.

 

Salmon & Quinoa Salad with Lime Mint Dressing
Serves 2
A simple, fresh salad packed with protein, raw veg and a zesty dressing.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cooked tri-colour Quinoa
  2. 185 gram tin of salmon or tuna
  3. 1 small cucumber, finely chopped
  4. 1/2 avocado, flesh diced
  5. 1/2 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  6. Lime Mint Dressing
  7. 1/4 cup good quality extra virign olive oil
  8. 1/4 lime juice (approx 2 limes)
  9. 1 tablespoon honey
  10. 1 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently.
  2. For the dressing, combine the dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid, and shake well to combine.
  3. If making in advance, leave the avocado and dressing out and add just before eating.
Notes
  1. Cooked quinoa will last in the fridge for 3 days, covered in an airtight container.
  2. The dressing will last in the fridge for about a week, but the mint will lose it's colour and flavour over time. It is best used on the day it's made, or alternatively, leave the mint out and add to the dressing just prior to using.
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Baked Strawberry and Quinoa Custard (gluten free, low sugar)

If you like a good old fashioned Baked Rice Pudding, then you will love this. 

It’s not often you find a high protein, low sugar dessert that’s easy to make and yum to eat. 

The original recipe is from chef Michael Moore’s cookbook, Quinoa and Healthy Living, which was a part of his Blood Sugar cookbook series. A talented chef who was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in his 30’s, followed by a stroke in his 40’s, he is now helping educate people in how to eat well to manage diabetes and overall good health.

There’s something quite lovely about enjoying a warm dessert in winter time and knowing it’s not too bad for you after all. 

E x

Baked Strawberry and Quinoa Custard
Serves 8
A baked custard pudding, with whole strawberries and quinoa.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 large eggs
  2. 60 ml (1/4 cup) rice malt syrup or agave syrup
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  4. 1/2 a lemon, zest and juice
  5. 2 tablespoons quinoa flour
  6. 250 grams cooked white quinoa (approximately 1/2 cup of raw quinoa will give you this quantity)
  7. 250 ml (1 cup) cream
  8. 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  9. 350 grams (approximately 1 1/2 punnets) strawberries
  10. a handful of flaked almonds (optional)
  11. icing sugar to dust (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Using whisk attachment of electric beaters, whisk eggs, syrup, vanilla, zest and lemon juice.
  3. Whisk in quinoa flour.
  4. Stir in cooled cooked quinoa.
  5. In a small pan, heat cream and milk to a simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Stirring constantly, pour the cream mix over the quinoa mixture.
  7. Place strawberries that have been trimmed over the base of the baking dish.
  8. Carefully pour the custard mixture over the strawberries.
  9. Scatter flaked almonds over the top, if desired.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour, until the custard is set and lightly golden.
  11. Serve warm, with cream or ice-cream.
Adapted from Quinoa and Healthy Living
Adapted from Quinoa and Healthy Living
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